From May 2002 through April 2006, researchers at Boston Childrens Hospital tested and developed procedures for implementing a screening tool for adolescent substance abuse in various health settings.
The research team, led by John R. Knight, MD, had refined and validated the six-question tool, called CRAFFT, under a previous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). See the Program Results Report on ID# 036126.
The project team:
In an article appearing in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the investigators reported the following finding based on focus groups with primary care providers:
In an article to appear soon in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, the investigators report:
Findings from a survey about screening preferences that participants completed independently indicated that more participants (74.9%) reported being "very comfortable" using paper as their screening administration method than screening via a computer or interviews with doctors or nurses.